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Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 3:03am

Voting Turnout 'Light' To 'Heavy' Across State

Polls are open across Georgia for primary elections, and turnout is described as "light" to "medium to high" depending on the region of the state.

There are party decisions to be made in 10 statewide office races, including the Governor's race at the top. There are seven candidates each on the Democratic and Republican side in the gubernatorial battle.

Other races with primary decisions for voters include for Attorney General, Schools Superintendent, and commissioners for Insurance, Labor and Agriculture.

Eight U.S. House District seats are on the ballots, as well as one of Georgia’s two U.S. Senate seats.

Of course, numerous local races across Georgia, along with SPLOST votes and referendum questions in some parts of the state.

In the south Georgia Valdosta-area, Lowndes County Supervisor of Elections Deb Cox said voter traffic as of 11am was good.

"Most of the polling places...looks like a medium to high turnout. Some places were busy immediately, some have had a steady flow. Better than advance voting.”

Cox said Lowndes averages about 17% for primary voting, and she's hoping for better today.

In west Georgia's Muscogee County, it's been a slow start to primary voting, according to county Elections Supervisor Nancy Boren.

"Turnout is very light. In many of our heavily voted precincts, we’ve only had 50 to 60 voters (as of 11am)."

Boren said Muscogee County four years ago had 17% percent voter turnout. She's hoping the pace will pick-up to hit around 20% by the time the polls close today at 7pm.

But in extreme north Georgia's Union County, officials are calling turnout "moderate to heavy" across its 11 precincts. Supervisor of Elections Diana Nichols says she thinks much of that may be due to a liquor-by-the-drink referendum question on the ballot. Nichols says the early voting period leading into the primary brought-in 22% of the county's voters.

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